Support Grassroots Hurricane Recovery
Posted on Mon, 09/11/2017 - 3:54pm
Our hearts are with all the people who are suffering short and long term damage from the recent string of hurricanes and record rainfalls and flooding bombarding the Caribbean islands, the Gulf South of the US, and now across Florida and Georgia.
Emergency Response Call this Wednesday Night
Please join us this Wednesday night for an emergency response call convened by the Climate Justice Alliance where we can hear directly from our members and allies in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Haiti.
Weathering the Storms:
Updates from Frontline Communities Impacted by Harvey & Irma
Wednesday Sept 13
5pm PT/ 6pm MT/ 7pm CT/ 8pm ET
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE
**After registering, you will receive an email with information about joining the webinar.
Support the local Grassroots Forces on the Ground
As the impacts are still being assessed, we are tracking relief efforts that are led by grassroots organizations supporting frontline communities in the affected regions. We strongly urge donating resources and support directly to grassroots organizations who are consistently more likely use relief funds in accountable ways, in their own communities, and get relief directly to where it is most needed based on their collective priorities.
“In these moments of crisis, women and girls of color and low-income families are hit the hardest. We need gender rights to be at the center of the relief efforts. Miami is a climate frontline. We have faced these disasters every year. The government is pushing low-income women and girls into conditions of poverty through their lack of planning and denial of climate change. We hold both polluter unaccountability and government inaction fully responsible for how our communities are suffering.” - Marcia Olivo, Miami Workers Center
“One of the most dangerous unaddressed issues is chemicals present in floodwater. Our focus will be low-income areas that sit on the fence-line of refineries, chemical storage facilities and industrial zones. These are homes that are at the highest risk of toxic waters. Our efforts will focus on cleanup efforts in these frontline communities.” - Juan Parras, T.E.J.A.S.
“While avoiding the bullseye of the storm, Hurricane Irma poured more than 20 inches of rain and hurled damaging winds along the northern regions of the country. Roads and highways have been washed away, along with farms and homes in the economically impoverished nation. Many peasants are affected, with huge losses in agriculture and livestock. It is a disaster for the peasant economy." - Ricot Jean-Pierre, the Platform to Advocate for Alternative Development in Haiti (PAPDA)
"The Climate has changed. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Katia lay bare the true devastation of the fossil fuel economy, capitalist over-consumption, and the lack of concrete action by governments to regulate polluters and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the source. Rebuilding after the hurricanes is also an opportunity for activists and organizers to see this as part of our long term work. It’s time to call on government from local to national to invest in the real solutions people are finding on the ground, from commandeering school buses to free train or plane tickets, opening up parking garages to secure cars, opening empty condos for temporary housing. Our communities and planet are resistant and resilient.” - Cindy Wiesner, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ)
Visit this Grassroots Hurricane Recovery page and see below for a list of funds and grassroots relief efforts in Miami, Houston, Puerto Rico and Haiti. We’ll update this page as we discover more ways to support.
TAKE ACTION TO SUPPORT FRONTLINE COMMUNTIES
MIAMI: Contribute to the Miami Workers Center to support recovery efforts supporting women and girls on the ground in Liberty City, Little Haiti, Overtown, Little Havana and across Miami. Or support the Hurricane Irma Community Recovery Fund anchored by New Florida Majority and partner organizations.
- PUERTO RICO: Follow the work of Organización Boricua de Agricultural Ecológica or contact our member organization UPROSE to support the Güakía Colectivo Agroecológico
- HAITI: Click here to Support Haitian-led Hurricane Recovery via Grassroots International
- Study Finds Top Fossil Fuel Producers’ Emissions Responsible for as Much as Half of Global Surface Temperature Increase, Roughly 30 Percent of Global Sea Level Rise, Huffington Post
- “We should be naming hurricanes after Exxon and Chevron, not Harvey and Irma,” New Republic
- Florida governor has ignored climate change risks, critics say, Washington Post
- Decades of neglect, inequality, and disenfranchisement mean that all Houstonians, but especially the poorest and most vulnerable, have been left utterly undefended, The Nation
- Environmental Crisis Unfolding in Houston as Oil & Chemical Industry Spew Toxic Pollutants into Air, Democracy Now